A loan of $3,425 helped a member to buy pots and dishes and thereby improve the life style of their families.

Catachilla Alta Group's story

Lourdes is 39 years old, married, and the mother of two daughters. She cooks and sells meals. (Lourdes is second from the right wearing blue and holding her daughters). The group is a communal bank composed of persons with similar necessities to request a loan and obtain an opportunity to change their lives.

Lourdes is friendly, combative, enterprising, and always ready to converse. She offers help to any who need it and she's very hard working. Her business is located in a zone 18 kilometers outside of the city of Cochabamba. Lourdes has a dark complexion, long braided hair, medium stature, and traditional appearance (with her apron and skirt).

She prepares and sells meals every day of the week from her stall. On Mondays it's Escabeche (pig's skin with vinegar); Tuesday it's Charque (dehydrated llama meat or beef, salted and sun-dried for days). This is an ancestral dish. Wednesdays it's Aji de Fideo (beans, potatoes and beef, or chicken, with vegetables - green peas and parsley); Thursday it's Lapping (cow's breast fried with beans, and unpeeled potatoes, with lots of salad and chopped garlic; Fridays it's Lomo Borracho (with onions, tomato, carrots refried in a pan and cooked with chicha or wine, with pieces of beef and fried potatoes, or a grilled beef fillet with a fried egg on top), Saturday it's Aji de Patas (with rice, white potatoes and meat from the hooves of cattle, green peas cooked with chopped colored garlic; Sunday it's Chicharron (pig meat with boiled wheat, potato starch and spicy seasoning).

Lourdes' business needs new pots and dishes. She dreams of having a grand restaurant, well known for its good cooking, in order to improve the quality of life of her family and her daughters who she loves so much. This is why Lourdes is motivated to request a loan to purchase pots and dishes and, thus, to improve her family's style of life.

In this group: Guillermina, Yazminia, Marlene, Fabiola Brigida, Corina, Lourdes, Yesenia, Sulma, Deissy Mirth

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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